Is Bili Bidjocka a visual artist? He clearly has writers’ envy. Or maybe he does something writers can’t do? Words in art are things, not units of meaning. The writing on the wall becomes image, and functions differently from, let’s say, the semantic apparatus of a novel. However, Bidjocka flirts with the idea that the (subliminal) meaning in those images convey an enigma.
The exhibition holds the promise of sovereign indifference to instrumental (practical, functional, political and economic) reason. As a consequence, the exhibition directs its opposition against the exhausting demand for ›meaning‹ and the incessant flow of communicative action and exuberant performativity, towards a via negativa of discomfort and loss, creating a recalcitrant space of subjective and fictional symbolic acts.
This exhibition takes place in the framework of ›Vulnerable Archives. On Silenced Archives and Dissenting Views‹—a project by SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), in collaboration with R22 Tout-Monde (together with Atelier Medicis [Clichy/Montfermeil], Un Lieu pour respirer [Les Lilas], Rester. Etranger [Saint-Denis]), After the Archive? (Istanbul), and Archive Books (Milan). Funded by and in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung and in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (House of World Cultures) in the framework of The Whole Life: An Archive Project, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.